The Geoids Academy returns for 2017!

Our weekly dance lessons resume for 2017 on Tuesday 17th January! We’re back in the Union Theatre upstairs dance studio and our first two weeks will be musical theatre jazz led by Nichola Welch.

Rowan Chidgey takes over for Tuesday 31st January and 7th February for two weeks of Bob Fosse. We then break for Valentine’s Day. In rest of February of March you can look forward to styles including Latin & ballroom and tap!

Beginners classes are 7pm-8pm with intermediate/advanced following straight after 8pm-9pm. Each hour long session is £5 for Geoids members and £7 for non-members.

2017 panto titled revealed!

At our annual New Year Drinks, directors Chris Watson and Daniel Paul announced the title for this year’s panto as Camelot: A 48-hour Pantomime!

Camelot: From page to stage in one week

We’ll be taking the show from page to stage in just one weekend. The cast get the script and start learning the songs on Friday evening at the curtain goes up at 4pm on the Sunday.

With a brand new script by Rob Benton, who’s written many of our previous pantomimes, the show promises singing, dancing, laughs and all the features of a classic pantomime – with an Arthurian twist!

Book your tickets now from the LOST Theatre box office.

My Fair Lady cast revealed!

We’re delighted to unveil the cast for our April production of the much-loved Lerner and Loewe musical My Fair Lady. Nearly 80 people auditioned so the production team had a very tough job reducing that to those cast, who range from long-term Geoids members to brand new faces. And they are:

  • Professor Henry Higgins – Stephen Russell
  • Eliza Doolittle – Mimi Kroll
  • Colonel Pickering – Stephen Hewitt
  • Alfred P. Doolittle – Patrick Harrison
  • Mrs Pearce – Annabel Watson
  • Freddy Eynsford-Hill – Ed Curry
  • Mrs Higgins – Victoria Flint
  • Mrs Eynsford-Hill – Janet Lurie
  • Professor Zoltan Karpathy – Will Howells

Ensemble (playing various characters)

  • Gabi Benton-Stace
  • Lesley Birch
  • Francesca Canty
  • Jordan Clarke
  • Emma Coffey
  • Rachel Coll
  • Tal Hewitt
  • Chris Hughes-Copping
  • Grace Iglesias-Fernández
  • Emily Law
  • Daniel Paul
  • Katy Robinson
  • Georgie Sheppard
  • Daisy Simpson
  • Ed Steward
  • François Vanhoutte
  • Sean Westwood

There are still opportunities to get involved behind the scenes. If you’re interested, please email the production team on myfairlady@geoidsmt.co.uk.

My Fair Lady is directed by Daniel Penfold with musical direction by Erika Gundesen and choreography and costumes by Lemington Ridley. Our Sunset Boulevard set designer John Winters is returning to design the set for the show, which is produced by Blake Klein and Giles Burden.

Rehearsals kick off in January and we’re already excited!

The Geoids 48-hour pantomime returns for 2017!

48 Hour Pantomime - Sunday 15th January 2017, 4pmIt’s that time of year, when Christmas arrives,
And New Year then follows, with wine and mince pies.
Audience gathers to boo and to hiss –
It’s the Geoids panto, you won’t want to miss!

Cast and rehearsed in just 48 hours,
Our players need all of their thespian powers.
For one show alone will this treat tread the boards –
We’ll strike up the band to play a few chords.

But what will the pantomime feature this year?
A princess, a prince, a man with a spear?
Whatever it is, it’s sure to be grand
Because it’s been written by Rob Benton’s hand.

For now it’s a secret – you’ll just have to wait.
A few clues to come, the number is eight.
But please do be wary, red herrings abound!
You’ll have to sniff out the truth like a hound.

Our members shall have a priority slot,
Two weeks for first dibs, that’s all that you’ve got.
After that we will open to one and to all,
So come on and sign up – you will have a ball!


Dates

You’ll need to be available throughout the weekend from 13th to 15th January. Auditions for lead parts and rehearsals begin at 6pm on Friday 13th January. We’ll rehearse all day and evening on Saturday 14th January. You’ll then be needed all day Sunday 15th January for the theatre get-in, dress rehearsal and the show!

Location

Friday and Saturday rehearsals will take place at Bishopsgate Institute near Liverpool Street station. The show is at LOST Theatre in Wandsworth, a short walk from Stockwell Tube station.

Cost

The show fee to take part is £35 for members and £40 for non-members. This helps us to cover the cost of putting on the show, including rehearsal space and costumes.

Registration

Online registration is the only way to guarantee your place in this year’s line-up and places are offered on a first come, first served basis. You’ll need to pay your show fee on registering via Ticketsource to secure your spot. Priority booking for members is now open and current Geoids members have been emailed a code. Booking opens for non-members at midnight on Monday 12th/Tuesday 13th December.

Behind the scenes

To get involved behind the scenes, please email panto@geoidsmt.co.uk.

See the show

If you’re not taking part, you can still support the cast – and have a fun-filled Sunday afternoon – by seeing the show! Tickets are available now from LOST Theatre.

We’re already excited about the show and look forward to seeing you all there!

Auditions for My Fair Lady

Auditions information is now available for our April production, the Lerner and Loewe classic My Fair Lady.

Initial auditions will be on Sunday 4th December and Tuesday 6th December at the Union Theatre and Friday 9th December at Bishopsgate Institute, with recalls focusing on principal characters at Bishopsgate Institute on Saturday 10th. Rehearsals will begin in January and the show is on at the Bridewell Theatre from 4th to 8th April.

For full details, download the audition notice (PDF).

To book an audition slot and to receive vocal materials for the audition, email myfairlady@geoidsmt.co.uk. There has been a large amount of interest in this show already so do get in touch as soon as possible if you’d like to audition!

Announcing our 2017 season

With our last show of 2016, On the Twentieth Century, about to get under way, it’s time to look ahead to next year. We’re very excited about the programme we’ve put together which features some very different but complementary shows with a lots of opportunities for people to get involved both on stage and behind the scenes.

Over the last few years, we’ve produced our 48-hour panto, one big spring production and one big autumn production. For 2017, we’re adding a summer production too!

48-hour pantomime

It wouldn’t be a Geoids season without our now traditional 48-hour panto – oh no it wouldn’t!

We’re back at the LOST Theatre on Sunday 15th January for a one-off performance of a new script by Rob Benton, all cast, rehearsed and staged in one weekend.

Here’s how it works: we audition and start rehearsing Friday evening; we rehearse all day Saturday; we get into the theatre Sunday morning and do a dress rehearsal; and on Sunday afternoon, we put on the show!

It’s silly, fun and a big challenge, but also really rewarding – and many people have come back to take part year after year. If you’d like to be involved, keep Friday 13th to Sunday 15th January free!

My Fair Lady

From 4th to 8th April, we return to the Bridewell Theatre with this classic Lerner and Loewe musical directed by Daniel Penfold.

Based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion and made into an Oscar-winning film starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, My Fair Lady tells the story of Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins’ attempts to coach her to speak “proper” English.

Its memorable musical numbers include “With A Little Bit of Luck”, “I Could Have Danced All Night”, “On the Street Where You Live” and “Get Me to the Church on Time”.

Keep an eye on your emails for information about auditions.

A Chorus Line

In July, we’ll present a very different show. Set in a Broadway theatre during auditions for a musical, A Chorus Line focuses on the performers hoping to make the cut.

The original production in 1976 won a string of Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score, while the London production won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

With a book by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Edward Kleban, its songs include “I Hope I Get It”, “I Can Do That” and “One”.

Top Hat

From 31 October to 4 November, we’ll be putting on our top hats, white ties and tails for a 2011 musical inspired by a 1935 old film!

Based on the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers screwball comedy of the same name, Top Hat is based on the songs of Irving Berlin. The fun story follows American star Jerry Travers and his tempestuous relationship with Dale Tremont, all told with comic characters, mistaken identities, tap dancing and beautiful tunes.

The songs featured in the show include “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails”, “Cheek to Cheek” and “Let’s Face the Music and Dance”. The West End production won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2013.

Get involved

As well as lots of different roles for performers, the shows offer opportunities to get involved in production teams, from prop making and stage managing to choreographing and directing!

Every show requires a dedicated team of people to make it happen. If you’d like to get involved behind the scenes, please email info@geoidsmt.co.uk and let us know.

All aboard The Twentieth Century!

We’re just over two weeks away from opening night of On the Twentieth Century so here’s a first look some of the characters!

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Hot on the heels of the astonishing Broadway revival, On the Twentieth Century is a sparkling, fast-paced and witty screwball comedy with book and lyrics by the team behind Singing in the Rain and music by Cy Coleman (Sweet Charity, Little Me, City of Angels).

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Set in the 1920s, it focuses on egomaniacal theatre producer Oscar Jaffee and his volatile personal and professional relationship with the arrogant film actress Lily Garland. After four flops in a row, Jaffee is facing ruin. He books a suite on the luxury train the Twentieth Century Limited, heading from Chicago to New York City. Also on board are Garland and her new beau, narcissistic heartthrob Bruce Granit. Jaffee hopes he can lure Garland back to the stage and salvage his sinking career. She is just as determined to escape his charm and a hysterical battle of wits begins.

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The show opens on Tuesday 25th October and runs every evening until Saturday 29th with an additional matinee on the Saturday. Friday 28th October is Gala Night and all audience members will get a free programme plus a glass of bubby in the interval.

Don’t miss the train – buy your tickets online now!

Submissions for our 2017 season are now open

The pitch process for our 2017 shows has begun! Is there a show you’d like to work with us to stage next year?

We want to ensure that we deliver a wide and varied programme for our members and audiences alike and welcome proposals for both musicals and cabaret/concert style shows.

There’s full information in our pitch document about the process and how to apply. To request an application form, please email info@geoidsmt.co.uk. Please also email us if you have any questions about the process.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 26th August. We’re looking forward to an exciting programme in 2017 and we hope you’ll want to be part of it!

On the Twentieth Century cast revealed!

On the Twentieth Century, 25-29 October 2016, Bridewell Theatre

Thank you to everyone who took part in the auditions for the screwball comedy On the Twentieth Century. We’re delighted to announce our cast, which includes both familiar Geoids faces we’re delighted to work with again and a number of very welcome newcomers.

Lily Garland – Rachel Benton
Oscar Jaffee – George Still
Oliver Webb – Kevin Murray
Owen O’Malley – Lewis Simington
Letitia Primrose – Grace Iglesias Fernandez
Bruce Granit – Dan Geller
Conductor Flannigan – Paul Brookland Williams
Max Jacobs – Sean Westwood
Congressman Lockwood – Ed Steward
Dr Johnson – Katy Robinson
Imelda Thornton – Romana Moss
Agnes – Kathryn Hyde

Ensemble (performing various featured roles)

Ed Curry
Sebastiaan Douma
Daisy Fordham
Charlotte Green
Hannah Parker Smith
Franciscus Prins
Lorien Roberts
Yvette Shiel
Olivia Stearman
Becky Thomas
Vaughan Watts
Charlie Welch
Pippa Welch
Nichola Welch

On the Twentieth Century runs every evening from Tuesday 25th to Saturday 29th October at the Bridewell Theatre, with an additional matinee performance on the Saturday. Find out more about the show.

Introducing the Geoids Academy

Geoids Academy logoWe’re delighted to announce the launch of the Geoids Academy, which starts on Tuesday nights from the 2nd of August.

The Academy will host weekly lessons in various styles of dance led by our Dance Academy Principal, Julia Kleinsteuber-Walker, and other visiting teachers. Julia most recently brought her choreography to the stage as co-director of our spring production Hair. Classes will take place in the brand new dance studio at the Union Theatre in Southwark and will suit all levels of experience.

While Tuesday nights will see the Academy hosting weekly dance lessons, we’ll also be running a number of longer workshops during the year focused on other aspects of performance, so watch this space!

The Academy will kick off at 7pm on Tuesday 2nd August with a taster session that’s free for all Geoids members (non-members £7). We will then relocate for a post-class drink so you can get to know your fellow students!

From Tuesday 9th August, classes will be split between beginners (7pm-8pm) and intermediate/advanced (8pm-9pm). All classes are drop-in sessions so you can come whenever you’re free, and each dance/style will run for two weeks. At the launch night on Tuesday 2nd we’ll let you know about block booking in advance and Julia will unveil the timetable of classes for the first term, so don’t miss it!

For more information and to keep up to date with classes, join our Geoids Academy Facebook group.

Cost: Each hour long session is £5 for Geoids members and £7 for non-members.
Location: Union Theatre, Old Union Arches, 229 Union Street, SE1 0LR.
Day: Tuesdays from 2nd August
Time: 7pm for beginners, 8pm for intermediate/advanced.
NB: The 2nd August taster session starts at 7pm for everyone.

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